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hello, everyone, this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines: the us house intelligence committee releases its impeachment inquiry report, accusing president trump of putting his interests ahead of america's. the white house calls it a one—sided sham with no evidence of wrongdoing. we'll have the latest from the us. also ahead: he was willing to sacrifice the national security of the united states in order to get what he wanted. when allies disagree. a tense meeting between presidents trump and macron at the nato leaders meeting in london. i'm kasia madera in london. also in the programme:
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we'll assess the damage caused by typhoon kammuri in the philippines. tech entrepreneur elon musk goes to court in california, to fight a defamation lawsuit brought by one of the rescuers of the boys trapped in a thai cave last year. live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news — it's newsday. good morning. it's 9:00am in singapore, 1:00am in london, and 8:00pm in washington, where an eagerly awaited report from the impeachment inquiry into president trump says, it's uncovered overwhelming evidence that he's abused his powers. among the conclusions:
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the committee will now vote on handing over their report to the housejudiciary committee, which has the power to write the official articles of impeachment. here's representative adam schiff, the chairman of the inquiry. we don't have all of the answers. but we do know this without any doubt, and that is the president of the united states solicited foreign interference in our election and used the power of his office, the power to convene a meeting in the oval 0ffice, power to convene a meeting in the oval office, the power to provide withhold hundreds of millions of dollars of aid, to an ally at war, to get his political dirty work done.
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adam schiff there who leads the committee that produced the impeachment report. the white house has said the report id a one—sided sham. and it added that the democrats utterly failed to produce any evidence of wrongdoing. so, strong words from both sides — but what does this report mean? 0ur north america correspondent peter bowes has the latest. this report is the case against president trump. as far as the democrats on the house intelligence committee are concerned, he abused his position in the white house, he abused his position of powerfor personal, political gain, political advantage as opposed to any kind of national advantage, that this was purely about donald trump thinking about the next election and withholding funds, withholding aid from ukraine, in return for a promise from that country to investigate mr trump's likely possible political rival. joe biden and his son who sat on the board of a gas company in ukraine, that investigation never actually happened. the funds, the aid was eventually handed over, and that's what the republicans are latching onto by saying, the democrats are saying, overwhelming evidence, the republicans are saying that in fact president trump did nothing wrong. what are the next steps? what can we expect? you can expect a criminal
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investigation, we are moving what are the next steps? what can we expect? you can expect a criminal investigation, we are moving into the prosecution stage. although this isn't criminal, this is political, but when this moves to the housejudiciary committee, which it will in a matter of hours. that starts with open hearings on wednesday, they will be looking at the charge sheet and perhaps pulling together all of this information that has been provided to them, to compile articles of impeachment, which would essentially lay out what the president was accused of.
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the full house would have to vote on that and the democrats have a majority. if they pass that, then it is likely to go to the senate where that impeachment trial will take place. we have got a dedicated section on our website, so do check that out. peter bowes keeping us updated. let's have a look at other stories in the news today. climate activist greta thunberg says that adults should stop making young people "angry" over global warming. ms thunberg was speaking after her arrival in lisbon, portugal, after a two—weeks journey across the atlantic from america.the 16—year—old is on her way to the climate summit in madrid. the south korean singer and actor cha in ha has been found dead in his home. he's the third k—pop star to die injust three months. no details have been released about how the 27—year—old died.
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cha's death comes less than ten days after k—pop singer goo hara was found dead in her home. google's co—founders are stepping down from their official positions at parent company, alphabet. larry page and sergei brin served as ceo and president, respectively. they famously founded the search engine in a garage in the late 1990s. google's current ceo, sundar pichai, will take over the roles. more on this on asia business report. the us house of representatives has overwhelmingly approved a bill demanding a tougher response to china's crackdown on its muslim minority. —— on its muslim minority. the uighur act of 2019 which passed by 407 votes to 1, calls on president trump to condemn abuses against muslims and calls for the closure of mass detention camps in the northwestern region of xinjiang. nasa says the wreckage of india's vikram lunar lander has been identified, three months after it crashed onto the surface of the moon.
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it was found thanks in part to the efforts of an amateur space enthusiast, after the us space agency released satellite images and asked people to search for it. the 33—year—old it professional spotted it after putting side—by—side comparison images on two laptops. a powerful typhoon has killed at least four people in the philippines, disrupting air travel and forcing government offices and schools to close. with winds gusting up to 200 kilometres an hour, typhoon kammuri felled trees and ripped off roofs as it lashed the archipelago. manila's international airport was shut down as a precautionary measure. the authorities are still assessing the storm's impact, but disaster management officials say the decision to evacuate several hundred thousand people in advance has prevented greater loss of life. 0ur correspondent howard johnson gave me the latest.
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the rain may have cleared but you can feel the gusts here still as tisoy, as it's known locally, moves out onto the west philippine sea. it is going to move out into towards vietnam by thursday, but at the moment we have seen a lot of damage in the bicol province and samar province in particular. lots of flooding, we've seen big panoramic shots of fields, rice paddies completely covered with water. we have also seen legazpi airport damaged by these high winds, and yesterday we went to batangas city, a two—hour drive away from the philippine capital, manila, and there we saw an evacuation centre with thousands of people being supported. there was lots of aid being given out, there were lots of areas for families to congregate while they were hunkering down waiting for the storm to pass. now, more information will come out from the provinces today. there were signals down, electricity down, and hopefully we will find out more details about how they were affected. we have heard at the moment, at least four casualties, sadly, as a result of this storm.
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despite the strong storm, several southeast asian games competitions push through, with the philippines continuing to lead the medal tally. yeah, the philippines doing incredibly well in this competition but yesterday some of these events were postponed. the organisers say that they will be able to factor in those events in the coming days, so that there is no need to extend the games beyond december the 11th, the official closing of the games. 0rganisers will also hope to get on with this. they had a rocky first week but then they had a great opening ceremony. the country really wants to get behind the philippine national team now as it pushes ahead on that medal tally. howard johnson talking through the devastating impact of that typhoon on the philippines with rico earlier.
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divisions between nato leaders have been exposed, with president trump accusing france's president macron of being nasty and disrespectful, for describing nato as brain dead. mr macron defended his comments and highlighted differences with turkey, which is threatening to derail efforts to set up a new missile defence system. this report from our diplomatic correspondent james robbins contains some flashing images. buckingham palace and a birthday party for nato leaders to celebrate their military alliance and 70 years success keeping the peace through collective defence. everyone on best behaviour for the queen, but nato is a family currently at war with itself. france's president macron has been strongly critical of donald trump's isolationist role and called nato strategically brain dead. today he stood by those remarks, even after mr trump rebuked him publicly. when you make a statement like that, that is a very, very nasty statement to make to, including them,
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to essentially 28 countries. i think that, you know, they have a very high unemployment rate in france. france is not doing well economically at all. in fact, the alliance faces another far larger threat to unity — the military action by nato member, turkey, inside northern syria. turkey's president erdogan is enraged nato isn't100% supportive of his fight against kurdish troops that he brands terrorists. but president macron completely rejects the turkish position. when i look at turkey, they now are fighting against those who fought with us, shoulder to shoulder, against isis. 70 years ago when nato was established it all felt so much simpler. the american—led alliance faced a single enemy, the soviet union underjosef stalin. it was soviet communism which eventually collapsed. nato survived, but now struggles
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to agree its future role. nato is the most successful alliance in history, because we have been able to change when the world is changing. that is exactly what we're doing again, and the fact is that we're doing more together in this alliance now that we've done for many decades. but that sounds far too upbeat to those who think the alliance has lost its way and needs to face up to developing threats. so what are some of those future threats nato has to face? still from russia and there is talk now of china, as well, not an adversary, nato insists, but a worry, nevertheless. and there is concern about possible future cyber attacks on satellites in space. how would nato react to that? president trump is now claiming success, pushing other states to increase their nato spending
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and so reduce america's 70% share. but other splits over the way ahead won't be resolved in a few hours of formal talks tomorrow. james robbins, bbc news, buckingham palace. elon musk, the billionaire founder of electric car company tesla, is facing a trial in california, accused of defamation. he is alleged to have called british cave diver vernon unsworth a paedophile on twitter. mr unsworth, who helped to rescue i2 boys and their football coach from a flooded cave in thailand last year, is seeking unspecified damages. mr musk denies the accusation. sophie long is outside the court in los angeles with more. well, the first opening statement came from vernon unsworth, the lawyer, the man eating his legal team. and he told the court all about that rescue that you talk
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about, the rescue that really ca ptu re about, the rescue that really capture the well‘s attention and how that despite when the world was celebrating, vernon unsworth had gone on television and given an interview in which she was asked about acro one's attempt to help, the melissa breen he offered and how he had dismissed it in that television interview is a pr stunt. we then talked about the succession of tweets that came from elon musk later. and he said that the particular tweet in question, in which he called vernon unsworth pedo quy: which he called vernon unsworth pedo guy, was very damaging. he talked about how he felt the shame of being accused of being a paedophile what should have been one of the proudest moments of his life. we then heard the lawyer leading the defence, elon musk‘s lawyer, he gave a very different picture of the same series of events. he said this was the case about an argument between two men trading insults and he said it was vernon unsworth who went on television first and he made the first insult. and he said it was not an allegation of a crime, it was that, and insult. he also said that the tweet was deleted. he said it
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was a joking, deleted, apologised for tweet. there was no damage cause. he went on to say that instead of damage caused to his life that was set up by acro to‘s lawyers, actually it expanded his social media profile and he now needed an agent to deal with all the requests. so two different accounts of the requests to this case. given the amount of press behind you, a huge amount of interest in this trial, was to expect next, what is the next process? yeah, you can see the next process? yeah, you can see the amount of interest, the court case is still going on. we expected to conclude it is due to last for the rest of the week, at least, we we re the rest of the week, at least, we were told by the judge this morning. we expect elon musk to come out at any moment. he came in earlier today, during the last tie—break, and he has been giving evidence all afternoon. he has been in the witness box or some hours now. he has taken through the early hours of the morning when he said that
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succession of tweets by the lead attorney on vernon unsworth‘s legal tea m attorney on vernon unsworth‘s legal team and he said that what he heard in the interview, he was the interview on cnn that vernon u nsworth interview on cnn that vernon unsworth had given, two or three times, he told the court, and what he heard was wrong and assaulting so a insulted him back. he also said he knew nothing about vernon unsworth on the day, nor did he know any role he had played in rescuing the boys. he also went on to say the court was shown an e—mail between him and his defector chief of staff in which he was encouraged to apologise during the publicity surrounding his tweets and he said that he had decided not to do so because it would look like a cynical attempt at rescuing tesla's share price. that evidence still continuing behind me. we are expecting the court to sit on this case for the rest of the week. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: lost in the outback. we have the latest on the search for
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a missing traveller in australia. also on the programme: the two—wheeled approach to freedom. we'll meet the refugees learning to ride bikes thanks to a project in new zealand. it's quite clear that the worst victims of this disaster are the poor people living in the slums which have sprung up around the factory. i am feeling so helpless, that the childrens are dying in front of me and i can't do anything. charles manson is the mystical leader of the hippie cult suspected of killing sharon tate and at least six other people in los angeles.
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at 11am this morning, just half a metre of rock separated britain from continental europe. it took the drills just a few moments to cut through the final obstacle. then philippe cozette, a minerfrom calais, was shaking hands and exchanging flags with robert fagg, his opposite number from dover. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon, in singapore. i'm kasia madera, in london. our top stories: the us house intelligence committee has released its impeachment inquiry report, which accuses president trump of putting personal gain ahead of the american national interest. the white house says there is no evidence of any wrongdoing. mr trump says the french president's depiction of nato as "strategically brain dead" was nasty. mr macron says he stands
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by his comment. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world: we start with the japan times and a story that north korea has warned the united states it could be on the receiving end of an unwelcome christmas gift — a reference to its nuclear programme. the paper says this veiled threat is pyongyang's latest effort to pressure the us to offer more concessions in the stalled nuclear talks, before the year—end deadline. the new york times is reporting that china is trying to build facial images using dna. according to the paper, chinese researchers are using blood taken from muslim uighurs held in detention camps, to try to work out how to use a dna sample to re—create an image of a person's face.
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and the philippine star features a photo of gold medal winning gymnast carlos yulo, who's from manila, at the southeast asian games. alongside an article claiming budget delays were the reason for the many glitches at the start of the games in the philippines. a search is continuing in the australian outback for a woman who's been missing for almost two weeks. claire hockridge and two others became stranded when their car got stuck in a riverbed. the trio split up to seek help and the other two have already been found. forty—year—old phu tran was discovered by a farmer about i60km south of the town of alice springs tamra mcbeath—riley and was found near her car but, so far, there's been no sign of claire. 0ur correspondent, shaimaa khalil, is in sydney. i asked her how difficult is it for the police to find her. it's a very challenging terrain, rico.
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if you look at the map of australia, this area is kind of in the centre, a little bit north from the centre, very, very far away, very hot, very uninviting. not much really around. pretty much the middle of nowhere. it's notjust that it's very remote and also uninviting, it is the fact that the terrain itself, the area itself is quite diverse. police describing it yesterday and saying look, you've got sand dunes, you've got rocky areas, you've got hard clay, you got dense trees, so it wasn't like the police who have been searching for claire are still using helicopters, can look at an open area and find what they are looking for. the other thing that we know is that the travellers didn't stay in the place where they were stuck initially. they moved. they split up to find shelter and also to find help. we also know from tamra, who was speaking to the press after she was rescued, they were seeking shade in the trees. they often hid under
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trees for shelter. that's why it's been very, very difficult for the police to find claire, that is why the search continues for her, using mainly using helicopters. but also phu and tamra were discovered separately. phu was discovered by a farmer and he said he survived because he found groundwater he could use to keep hydrated, tamra and her dog didn't stray too far away from their car in they were found earlier this week on monday. each year new zealand resettles about 1,000 refugees, mainly in its big cities. but it often falls on community projects to help people integrate into a new life. we've been to the country's capital wellington to find out about one scheme letting women get to grips with something many of them have never had the chance to try before, riding a bike. you can do it. i've got you, i got you, i got you.
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i am feeling a little bit stressed and i'm shaking. scary, i have to be honest. it is a bit frightening. so you feel really good and calm? brilliant. foot up, foot up. keep that leg up. that's it. in iraq, no, i don't have any bicycle. because it's not allowed for women to ride a bike there. it started just in a garage. a group of friends thinking let's get a few bikes together and give them out to people that need them and then it quickly snowballed into something quite a bit bigger. as we were giving out bikes within the refugee community, it was always the fathers and children that were asking for the bikes. the mum was often just standing there. and that's when we really identified that many of the women didn't know how to ride. 0k. one, two, three. i've been thinking of learning it for so long. every time i want to learn it i'm
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either pregnant or having a baby, so it's not a good time. now it's a great time. for the women particularly coming from middle eastern communities or some african communities itjust really wasn't acceptable. it wasn't a done thing for a woman to get on a bike. i have had some experiences with families not wanting their younger daughters to have a bike. i've had to work quite hard to say you're in new zealand now, it's really safe for your daughter to ride a bike, you know. please give her that chance. please give her that freedom. so, looking back, now signalling. in my village i ride a bike. it's small roads. but here it's such a big city, so it's hard to ride here. i would like to learn the rules here. that's actually kind of cool. so this time i want you to try and put on the ground with this foot to get started, its like on a scooter. refugee housing often tends to be in the furthest,
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remotest corners of a suburb where there's no public transport nearby. i think having a bicycle means a woman can integrate and get out, get to the library, get to the pool and get to their language class. i'm feeling like a bird. i'm flying. just got to get those feet on the pedals. i'm so happy, i'm so happy. i'm happy too. thank you, thank you. wonderful initiative. thank you for joining us. this year ‘s winner of the turner prize has been announced. and in an unusual move it's been jointly awarded to all four nominees. lawrence abu hamdan, helen cammock, 0scar murillo and tai shani will all share
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the contemporary art award. the four artists have expressed concern about division and isolation in society, and asked the judges to consider awarding the prize jointly. hello there. we've got quite a mix weather picture coming our way for wednesday. a stripe of weather is approaching that will bring some rain. further east, though, are under the influence of high pressure across england and wales, the sky is relatively clearer. if you are heading outside of the next few hours we have cloud and rain approaching. further south and east with there are going to be some patches of cloud, there are also going to be clear spells. so contrast in temperatures, it's mildest towards the north—west of the uk with clear skies across england and wales, it's cold indeed, enough for frost, maybe even the odd fog patches to start the day on wednesday as well. for many, though, it's a bright start across england, wales, northeast scotland,
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and the rain will continue to push eastwards, reaching parts of northern england and north wales through the course of the afternoon. still bright to the south and east but it's chilly, still. highs of around 6—8, the mildest weather towards the north—west with blustery showers following into western scotland. and through thursday and friday, we are going to see weather fronts really target western scotland, bringing large amounts of rain here. we could see 70—80 millimetres, it may be more than that over high ground, but is enough to cause some flooding impacts. but it isn't the only place we will see some rain. on thursday, wet weather pushing across northern ireland, and the rain getting into northern england and northern wales, too. more cloud around on thursday but it should be bright enough. milder as south—westerly winds spreading across more the country. most between 9—12 degrees. what follows on thursday will be a very mild night, it might come as something of a surprise especially when you consider recent nights have had sharp frosts. as we head into friday
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morning, these are the kind of temperatures, 11—12 degrees. it is so mild as it is cloudy, wet and windy. initially we have the winds coming in on a south—westerly direction. but later in the day we will get these north—westerlies following in across the northern half of the country. temperatures will be dropping away. seven in stornoway, mild for the midlands, east anglia and southern england, temperatures around 12—13 degrees. now the weekends looks like this. 0riginal papers are to start things, sunday sees a weather front moving a ridge of high pressure to start things, sunday sees a weather front moving across the uk. so, saturday looks like it will be the better day of the two on the weekend, perhaps a bit of rain getting into northern ireland later in the day. sunday looks like it will turn more widely unsettled with rain at times. that's your weather.
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i'm kasia madera with bbc world news. our top story: the us house intelligence committee has released its impeachment inquiry report, which accuses president trump of putting his personal interests ahead of america's. it claims there is overwhelming evidence of misconduct. the white house says there is no proof of misconduct and the report is a one—sided sham. presidents trump and macron had a tense meeting at start of the nato leaders summit in london, with president trump saying the french president was disrespectful for describing nato as brain dead. and this picture is trending on bbc.com. it's a picture taken by british woman kathy smith of all 17 of her pets — all obediently facing the camera and keeping still. she says it took several days of trying to get the perfect portrait. eye better did. it certainly is perfect. from me and the team thanks for watching, bye—bye.

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